The West Coast rap scene wasn't ready for Cecy B. The San Juan Capistrano native born Cecilia Barajas had a tough time getting her peers to take her seriously as she transitioned from a young mariachi singer and ballet folkloric dancer to a buxom OC hip-hop artist eight years ago. Promoters in Los Angeles would often dismiss the Chicana rapper, saying that they'd only call when a female showcase night came about. "This is a really hard industry, especially being a Mexican, being a female, [with them] being like, 'Oh, you're from Orange County? What do you know about hip-hop?'" she says.
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